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Democrats Celebrate Win in Nevada, Retains Senate Control

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Even with a very tough margin, the Democrats got their narrow majority in the US Senate.

The Senate took control of the floor Saturday night after Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Mast defeated Republican and former Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

Saturday’s race gives Democrats 50 Senate seats. Along with Vice President Harris’ deciding vote, that’s enough for a majority.

Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives is in stiff competition. Republicans have a slight lead in the majority.

One of the Republican Party’s most coveted targets was Nevada. Cortez Masto’s takeover was therefore a dead end campaign. Her runoff with Laxalt was a neck-to-neck competition.

According to the AP race call, Cortez Masto garnered around 5,000 votes. 

Democrats would get a good shot in the Senate when Rafael Warnock tramples Republican Herschel Walker in the December 6 runoff in Georgia.

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What Did They Win?

Among other factors that helped the Democrats win a majority is the issue of abortion rights. Roe v. Wade prompted a significant increase in voter registration among women and young people in June, researchers said.

Although a national survey showed that inflation and the economy were top priorities, the issue of abortion rights really made it for Democrats. Furthermore, it played a vital role in urging voters and raising chances for Democratic candidates. 

Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., told NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday that it had been “a great week for democracy.” Moreover, it marked her party’s win to strong candidates “who had experience, who knew how to get things done.” 

“The reason there wasn’t a red wave is because Democrats had a ‘blue wave of accomplishment.’ And we basically defied the tides of history,” she stated, reiterating a statement from Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer. 

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Senate Mission

According to Klobuchar, the party’s mission was to reduce the cost of pharmaceuticals and protect Social Security and Medicare. Furthermore, they want to “do all we can to get our economy in a place that works for everyone.” 

Another Democrats’ mandate is to systematize Roe v. Wade

“We don’t know what’s going to happen with the House. We don’t know if the Republicans will play ball. I’d get rid of the filibuster to do it,” he added. 

And third is to safeguard democracy. 

“A lot of the election deniers lost,” Klobuchar said. “So, it shows Americans care about democracy.” 

If Republicans grab the House, it’s nearly impossible for the two chambers to find a mutual agreement. Meanwhile, a Democratic grab of the House would maintain President Biden’s trifecta of power for two more years. 

Furthermore, a solid Democratic majority in the Senate secures Democrats’ capacity to back Biden’s nominees. It includes other future vacancies in the US Supreme Court. 

Former president Donald Trump’s impact on his party’s odds is now under close observation. This is so because Democrats beat his hand-selected candidates. 

“Republicans lost the Senate in 2010 and 2012 because they put up poor candidates,” former GOP campaign strategist Liam Donovan said. 

“The difference [in 2022] is that President Trump, I think, locked these fields into questionable candidates. You had people that might have been the strongest staying out because they didn’t want to go anywhere near this. You had a number of strong governors who might have come in and easily won these seats that stayed out.”

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